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Service Alert

The Anacostia Library will be closed from Monday, July 22 - Sunday, Aug. 4 for a scheduled facilities project. Learn more on the Anacostia Library page.

The Library has many supports and services to help you get where you want to go. Check out the guides and important library information on how you can best use the library to accomplish your goals.

Find the Services You Need

Public Art & Exhibits

The DC Public Library celebrates art and exhibits as a source of learning, discovery, growth, and connection. The Art and Exhibits Program at DC Public Library is a portal to the library’s resources and a laboratory for engagement with Washington, D.C.’s past, present and future.

Large scale mobile of various round shapes and colors hanging from a purple ceiling

GED Prep

The Adult Learning Department offers individualized GED and high school skills tutoring for adult learners, and the GED Ready Practice Test.

Classroom setting of adults, focused on a table with an older man and younger man sitting next to eachother

ESL Groups

The Adult Learning Department offers English Conversation Circles for those looking to improve their speaking and listening skills. This department also offers Citizenship Classes for those looking to pass the US Citizenship Exam.

four adults sit in a circle talking with one another

Digital Preservation (Memory Lab)

A do-it-yourself (DIY) service at the Labs that provides you equipment to digitize home movies, scan photographs or slides and more! Step-by-step instructions are available letting you control the process of your personal archiving project from start to finish.

A brief equipment tutorial is required at the beginning of a user’s first session.

The Labs space showing three long tables with stools and sewing machines

Beyond the Book

Beyond the Book engages developing readers ages 5 to 8 and their families in the joy of reading through quality literature, imaginative installations, and fun activities and events.

From WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS by Carole Lindstrom; illustrated by Michaela Goade. Text copyright © 2020 by Carole Lindstrom. Illustrations copyright © 2020 by Michaela Goade. Reprinted by permission of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership. All Rights Reserved.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is a way to request books, microfilm, articles and other material not owned by the DC Public Library. The service is available to DC Public Library customers with current library cards in good standing.

two sets of hands exchange a pile of books

Coworking at DC Public Library

DC Public Library is your neighborhood coworking destination. From supporting your day-to-day work with flexible workspaces to growing your skillset to get that promotion to striking out on your own and starting your first business, the library has the spaces, services and resources for all the ways you work. 

People using the public computers at the Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library

Tool Library in the Labs

Have an upcoming DIY project? Discover what you can do with the brand new Tool Library DIY Space at the Labs at MLK Library! Save money and storage space and use the tools you need right here at the library. The Tool Library DIY space is available by reservation only.

Image of assorted tools, including hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers


Navigate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library with Goodmaps. Goodmaps Explore is a free assistive app designed to help the visually impaired navigate indoor spaces independently.

Goodmaps logo with a hand holding a smartphone